About Amplify Trading

Founded in Canary Wharf in 2009 by Piers Curran and Will de Lucy, Amplify has built a team of traders to execute short-term macroeconomic strategies in the post-crisis era of global market volatility. Placing the highest value on the development of its traders, Amplify has created a ground breaking approach to capital markets training, now integral to many of the world’s largest financial institutions.

“Innovation is core to what we do. Through the development of world class technology to help our traders perform, we also aim to disrupt conventional education in finance on a global scale, making it engaging, practical, and relevant to the markets today”  MD, Will de Lucy

Piers Curran began his career at HSBC in 2001 as an Analyst in the Global Markets Investment Strategy division, having graduated from Imperial college London with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Piers joined Chicago based GHTC when screen based futures trading overtook the traditional open outcry at LIFFE. He soon gained recognition as one of the largest intra-day traders in the futures market, specialising in arbitrage trading strategies in sovereign bonds. Piers is a respected voice in the industry and can often be seen on tier 1 financial news providers such as CNBC.

Piers Curran

Head of Trading

With over 15 years of institutional trading experience, Will transferred a background in economics, to build a successful career trading across an array of asset classes. Will specialises in behavioural finance and trading psychology, helping Amplify’s traders match their performance to their potential and working with other institutions to help them mitigate risk. He is also responsible for new technology development, working with some of the world’s largest financial institutions to help them break down barriers between financial market theory and practice, and better identify the market leaders of tomorrow.

Will de Lucy

Managing Director

Amplify Trading opens its first trading floor in 2009

January 5, 2009
Amplify Trading opens its first trading floor in 2009

Amplify opens as a discretionary trading operation in Canary Wharf, London, in January 2009.

Amplify starts producing full-time traders

July 22, 2010
Amplify starts producing full-time traders

Amplify develops its unique practical approach to trader development and structured assessment.

Amplify’s institutional client list grows

May 10, 2011
Amplify’s institutional client list grows

Amplify’s training technology and assessment wins the backing of some of the worlds largest financial institutions including HSBC, Citi, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank

Latest simulation technology enables practical learning

October 17, 2013
Latest simulation technology enables practical learning

By the end of 2013 Amplify had helped students at over 50 of the world’s leading business schools to gain a practical understanding of the theoretical concepts learned.

Trading operation expands to two City of London locations

April 16, 2014
Trading operation expands to two City of London locations

In 2014 Amplify moved from Canary Wharf to the City of London. The main trading floor is situated at the very centre of global finance, between the Bank of England and Bloomberg’s European Headquarters. A second training facility opens in Monument, London.

Amplify win CFA Institute Award for Innovation in financial education

April 1, 2015
Amplify win CFA Institute Award for Innovation in financial education

The CFA award Amplify Trading, in partnership with The University of Stirling, the global award for financial innovation in Atlanta, U.S.A.

Amplify release online training portal

January 4, 2016
Amplify release online training portal

Amplify release ‘Trading-Live’ their own online training portal to deliver remote training across the world.

Amplify acquires Fintratech in cash deal

February 16, 2016
Amplify acquires Fintratech in cash deal

Amplify Trading completes the purchase of 50% of financial technology firm Fintratech, taking Amplify’s ownership to 100%. The investment has allowed Amplify to integrate behavioural expertise into their financial training technology, helping financial firms find the right candidates for the right financial roles.

Amplify opens first office outside the UK in New York, U.S.A

September 5, 2016
Amplify opens first office outside the UK in New York, U.S.A

Amplify Trading’s US operation open’s led by Steve Duggan from the office in Madison Avenue, working to deliver Amplify’s technology into corporate clients in the US.

Long-term courses receive professional accreditation

July 4, 2017
Long-term courses receive professional accreditation

From July 2017 all Amplify trainees* now receive a professional qualification in Trading and Financial Market Analysis, accredited by the London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Amplify deliver first training programme to The Bank of China

August 25, 2017
Amplify deliver first training programme to The Bank of China

In July 2017 Amplify Trading begin training senior traders at the Bank of China in Shanghai. The programme leads to similar size contracts being won in Merger & Acquisition training and opens further opportunity to expand into China.

AmplifyME goes LIVE

September 18, 2017
AmplifyME goes LIVE

AmplifyMe brand is launched to specifically cater for students looking to start their career in finance (www.amplifyme.com).

Amplify partner with Navitas Resources

October 9, 2017
Amplify partner with Navitas Resources

Amplify partner with Navitas Resources to deliver world leading simulations in broking and commodity markets.

Amplify open office in Shanghai, China

December 17, 2017
Amplify open office in Shanghai, China

Amplify Trading registers their new company in China under the responsibility of Xiaoyu Zhang.

Amplify in the News

Awards & Accreditation

LIBF Accredited

We are excited to announce that multiple programmes are now accredited by The London Institute of Banking & Finance, providing 30 notional credits into the Professional Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

CFA IDEA

Amplify Trading are awarded the prize for innovation in financial education by the CFA Institute, collected by Managing Director William de Lucy in Atlanta, USA. The CFA Institute commends our practical application in financial markets, recognising the unique way we help bridge the gap between the classroom and trading desk.

Shortlisted at the Reimagine Education awards 2015

In December Amplify was shortlisted at the Reimagine Education awards hosted in Philadelphia, USA. An international panel of 40 distinguished judges recognised Amplify Trading as one of the leading projects for innovative teaching in the global financial markets.

Education Investor Winner 2015

In November our effort to deliver exceptional quality in financial education was rewarded with the Education Investor award for professional education. A great achievement and true reflection of the Amplify team.

Education Investor Finalist 2014

In November 2014 Amplify Trading was a finalist at the education investor awards, delivered at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London.